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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 65, 66 


Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

The fall semester at your alma mater brought a great deal of 
good news that bodes well for Northwestem. 

In the second year of selective admissions, the average composite ACT scores of incom- 
ing freshmen increased to 20.5. Incoming freshmen had better ACT scores in English, read- 
ing, math and science. This year, the number of entering freshman receiving TOPS (Tuition 
Opportunity Program Scholarship) was up by 6.8 percent from 556 to 596. 

Graduate enrollment was the highest in 21 years, increasing 11 .7 percent from 1 ,061 to 
1,183 after Northwestem's Graduate Council enhanced admissions standards for graduate 
study. We saw strong enrollment increases across the board in our graduate programs as 
retention exceeded 80 percent in the majority of the degree plans. 

Overall enrollment was down this semester as we anticipated, but the decrease was 
smaller than expected. That factor, combined with the continual improvement in the quality of 
our student body, is encouraging. We believe that retention and graduation rates will increase 
as students come to Northwestern prepared for the rigors of higher education. 

We are optimistic that two building renovation projects will begin during this fiscal year. 
The work at Williamson Hall and Caspari Hall will give us two modern buildings to better serve 
our students. 

Williamson Hall will also receive an extemal facelift, which will dramatically change the 
exterior look of the building and make it closely resemble some of the older buildings on cam- 
pus such as Russell Hall. 

The new wing of Caspari Hall will be renovated to provide additional convenience for 
prospective and current students. The Registrar's and Admissions office along with University 
Recruiting and Financial Aid will be in the same facility, cutting down on the time students have 
to spend going around campus to conduct business. 

These projects along with the new Alumni Plaza will make our Natchitoches campus 
even more appealing to those who use our campus each day or visit with us. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, 85, 91 

Director of Alumni and Development 

My fellow alumni: 

As 2006 comes to a close, I am reflecting on the wonderful 
things that happened at Northwestem in the past year - the growth 
and development of programs and services, improvements in campus physical features and 
the positive exposure we continue to enjoy Most of all, I am pleased and excited that our 
recruiting efforts are attracting high caliber students who are essential to the growth and vital- 
ity of the university. They are tomon-ow's leaders and our future alumni. 

School spirit is at an all-time high. As director of alumni and development, one of my 
goals is to get as many of you involved at Northwestem as possible and make you aware of 
the many opportunities to do so. 

Remember, if we don't have your cun-ent home or e-mail address, we can't send you 
invitations to events being planned by our office. Take a minute to go on-line to wvw.north- and click on "Update our Files." You can also subscribe to our Alumni e- 
news, which will send you monthly updates of happenings on campus. A fonn for updates 
is also available on Page 16 of this publication and can be dropped in the mail. 

We want you to feel a part of the university, whether you live in the area or many miles 
away. There are many alumni events and programs to keep you connected to NSU. We 
hope to hear from you, see you, or better yet, both. Best wishes from all of us and thank you 
for your continued support of Northwestem State University. 

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President Jimmy Williams 

Alexandria, 1993 

Vice President Jerry Brungart 

Natchitwhes, 1969. 1971 

Secretary-Treasurer. Joseph B. Stamey 

Natchitoches, 1983 

Executive Director. Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches. 1985, 1991 


Dane Broussard Houston, Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Leonard Endris Shrcveport, 1974. 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas. 1989 

Patricia Wiggins Hrapmann Destrehan. 1973. 1978 

Gail Jones Natchez. 1981. 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville. 1995 

Bryant Lewis Hayncsville. 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler. Texas. 1970 

Dr. Lisa Mathews Benton. 1992 

David Morgan Austin. Texas. 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport. 1995 

Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches. 1983 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport. 1964 

Ricky Walmsley Covington. 1985 

J. Michael Wilbum : Shreveport. 1975 

Jimmy Williams Alexandria. 1993 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans. 1993 


Shanlel Wempren Thibodaux 

SGA President 

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spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Dr. Chris Maggio. 1985. 1991 


Leah Pilcher Jackson. 1994 


David West 

Doug Ireland. 1986 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann. 1975 

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Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of 
Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, 
Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to 
award Associate. Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist and 
Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of 
Louisiana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, 
religion, sex. national origin, age, or disability in its educa- 
tional programs, activities or employment practices. 

Alumni News 

Principal Profiles 

Northwestern alumni continue to educate through leadership 

With Northwestern's history of 
producing outstanding teach- 
ers, it is no surprise that many 
of those dedicated individuals graduate to 
a role in which they have an even greater 
impact on students and faculty by becom- 
ing school principals. And the best prin- 
cipals are always - fundamentally - 

Karl Carpenter's career in education 
began in 1979 when he earned his bache- 
lor's in music education and took on his 
first job as band director at Oberlin. He 

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taught at Winnfield Senior High for a 
year before moving to Tioga in 1983. 
where he served as band director for 16 
years before becoming assistant princi- 
pal. Carpenter was drawn to music edu- 
cation because of the influence of his 
high school band director at Alexandria 
Senior High, Dr. Jerry Payne, who later 
became director of bands at 
Northwestern. Carpenter enrolled at 
Northwestern and earned a master's at 
NSU in 1987 and a Ph.D. from Southern 
Miss in 2001. 

Carpenter has been principal at 
Carter C. Raymond Middle School for 
four years. Before that, he was Tioga 
High School's assistant principal. 

"The principalship offers many 
chances to not only see children learn and 
grow, but adults as well. Hiring young 
teachers and seeing them come into their 
own as professional educators is quite 
fulfilling. Teachers love to help young 
students. That is evident when they vol- 
unteer for extra responsibilities around 
the school. You really experience a sense 
of pride and accomplishment when that 
happens." he said. 

Carter C. Raymond Middle School is 
a rural school in Lecompte. but one of the 
most progressive and technology-rich 
schools in Rapides Parish, serving a 
diverse population of learners from fourth 
through eighth grade. 

"I really love to teach. What other 
career offers you the opportunity to 
impact young lives in ways that you may 
or may not immediately realize." 
Carpenter said. "Sometimes it didn't feel 
quite right getting a check for doing 
something that I absolutely loved doing. 
The challenges of teaching are part of the 
job. and everyone who enters a teaching 
career knows that. Teaching music 
oftered many rewards through the various 
performance opportunities." 

Some of those rewards included 
leading the Tioga band in concert on the 
steps of the Louisiana State Capitol, play- 
ing a concert at the base of the Lincoln 
Monument in Washington. D.C., march- 
ing down Constitution Avenue for the 
Independence Day parade and playing 
"Hail to the Chief for the presidential 
visit to Alexandria in 1996. 

"I was elected District II Band 
Director of the Year, NSU Alumni Band 
Director of the Year. NSU College of 
Education Cooperating Teacher of the 
Year, and perhaps my most rewarding 
honor was being elected by my faculty 
colleagues as Teacher of the Year at Tioga 
High School." Carpenter said. 

As an NSU student. Carpenter was a 
member of the Demon Marching Band, 
the concert bands, jazz ensembles and 
orchestra and sang in the choir. He was 
also involved in several theater produc- 
tions and the Louisiana Outdoor Theater 
Association, the Louisiana Cavalier. 

In addition to Dr. Payne, other 
Northwestern teachers who influenced 
Carpenter were Richard Jennings. 
Richard Rose. Tony Smith. Dr. Bill Hunt 
and the late Jim Swett. 

"I really enjoyed my years at 
Northwestern and received a great educa- 
tion. It is absolutely thrilling to see the 
growth of the School of Creative and 
Performing Arts under the leadership of 
Dr. Bill Brent." he said. 

Ken Cochran's philosophy of teach- 
ing encourages not only an active mind. 

but also an active body. As principal at 
North Caddo Magnet High School, he has 
set forth a "flex schedule" with program- 
ming that encourages students to think 
and learn through interdisciplinary activi- 
ties that also promote good health and 
physical fitness. 

Cochran graduated from NSU in 
1969 with a degree in health and physical 
education and a minor in English. He 
earned a master's degree in 1978 from 
Northwestern in health and physical edu- 
cation and school administration. He 
retired after 32 years as a teacher, coach 
and principal, but four years ago returned 
to the school system to revitalize North 
Caddo, a rural school in Vivian. There he 
made changes in staff and methods that 
lifted enrollment, attendance, test scores, 
community involvement and school 

"It's rejuvenated me." Cochran said. 
"This is a small high school with great 
potential. We are creating a process of 
focusing on learning rather than testing." 

With his background in health and 
physical education. Cochran is concerned 
about the epidemic obesity among 
today's youth. 

"It goes back to the Greek philoso- 
phy of sound mind, sound body." he said. 
"It's a fitness and health initiative. 
Physical education is the best interdisci- 
plinary classroom." Cochran and his fac- 
ulty organize activities that challenge 
individuals and encourage teamwork 
among students who are not necessarily 

"One student may kick a soccer ball 
into a goal, but his team does not get the 
point unless they can answer a question 
or solve a problem related to math, sci- 
ence or language arts," he explained. 

"My primary reason for going into 
education was coaching," he said. He 
taught English and P.E. and after 14 years 
of coaching middle .school and high 
school was .selected to an administrative 
internship program in Caddo Parish that 
was designed to develop individuals into 
administrators. He then became an assis- 
tant principal at a Shreveport inner city 
middle school, where he dealt with apa- 
thy and the challenge of inspiring disad- 
vantaged students to learn. 

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Continued from Page 

Cochran's teachers at 
Northwestern were an enor- 
mous influence on his as a 
teacher and coach. 

"We had the best col- 
lege teachers in my field. 
There were none better any- 
where... Robert Alost, Buddy 
Bonnette. Sam Coker, Roy 
Gentry. Melvin Gibson, Slim 

Wallace James Elementary. 
Lafayette Parish's first 
"school of choice." 

"In 2002, our parish built 
a new school with a new con- 
cept," Schmersahl explained. 
"It was an arts and technology 
academy that drew its popula- 
tion from the whole parish by 
means of a lottery. 1 applied 

Howell. That staff did so 
much more than influence us 
in the classroom. They 
encouraged leadership and 
pride," he said. At NSU, 
Cochran was involved in the 
Pi Epsilon Kappa physical 
education fraternity, tennis 
and aquatics. 

Cochran recalled a con- 
versation with Bonnette in 
which he was asked what he 
was teaching his students. 
After listing a few athletic sta- 
tistics, Bonnette interrupted 
Cochran and said, "How 
many kids are you inspiring to 
be physically fit? How many 
are you inspiring to learn? It's 
not just about winning 

"I had a desire that if they 
walked into one of my teach- 
ing areas, I wanted them to 
find me doing what they 
taught me to do," Cochran 
said. "That' is the influence 
they had on me." 

Dana Schmersahl said 
that every new school for her 
has been an adventure. 
Schmersahl is principal at J. 

for and was selected to be the 
first principal for this school." 

Schmersahl earned a B.A. 
degree from Northwestern in 
1967 in elementary education 
and kindergarten education 
and received her M. Ed., in 
early childhood education 
from McNeese State 
University in 1972. In 1974, 
she received her education 
specialist degree in supervi- 
sion and administration from 
the University of 

Southwestern Louisiana in 
Lafayette. She has been a 
principal since 1988. 

Schmersahl was a Head 
Start teacher in Jennings in the 
summers of 1967. 1968, 1969. 

"My first year of teaching 
was at Central High School, 
K-12, in Natchitoches in 
1967," she said. "I taught for 
two years at Estherwood 
Elementary in Estherwood, 
1968-1970. I moved to 
Lafayette Parish where I 
taught at Carencro Heights 
Elementary and Myrtle Place 
Elementary for one year, 
1970-1971. I then taught at 

Broadmoor Elementary in 
Lafayette, from 1971-1979. 

"I became an assistant 
principal of S.J. Montgomery 
Elementary in Lafayette in 
1979. This was a large K-5 
school which housed a large 
population of deaf ed classes. 
We had 1 3 classes of deaf stu- 
dents. I became principal at 
this school in 1988 -1993. 1 
was one of the first principal's 
to have a French Immersion 

Schmersahl moved to 
Prairie Elementary in 
Lafayette as principal in 1993 
through 2002. 

"Prairie also housed a 
French Immersion program. 
Every grade level had an 
Immersion class from Pre-K 
to 5th grade," she said. 

"This arts school was 
such a new concept here. It 
was and has been very excit- 
ing to be a part of the plan- 
ning and growth. Since 2002, 
our parish has added more 
schools of choice. There are 
plans to eventually make 
every school a school of 
choice," she said. 
J. Wallace James employs 
full-time instructors for 
dance, drama, band, strings, 
vocal music, visual arts, piano 
and technology. There is also 
a full-time reading facilitator, 
lead teacher, and two P.E. 

"Both of my parents were 
teachers, therefore, the influ- 
ence was there to be a teacher 
when I was 
very young. 

That is the very reason my dad 
selected Northwestern for me. 
He said if I was going to be a 
teacher, I needed to go to a 
college that had a good name 
for this profession," she said. 

Principals today face 
many challenges, Schmersahl 
said, challenges that can 
change from year to year. 

"Meeting the academic 
needs of each child is always 
in the forefront. Safety is 
another challenge that is 
always in the back of every 
principal's mind. To make 
sure one's school is always 
safe is a real challenge today," 
she said. 

"A big challenge we have 
at our school is to integrate the 
arts and technology with the 
academics but time has really 
helped us as we are now in our 
fifth year and our scores have 
yielded us nice checks from 
the state for growth on our test 

"I love being a principal 
mainly because every day is 
different. There are always 
new challenges to hurdle or 
conquer. The thought that we 
are influencing and impacfing 
the future is exciting to me. 
Where else can this happen 
but in a school ! After 40 years 
in education, I can still say I 
love my job." 

Dana Schmersahl 

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Long Purple Line 

Six Northwestern State University graduates have been 
selected as the 2006 inductees into the NSU Hall of 
Distinction, the Long Purple Line. This year's honorees 
include Tom Carleton of Bossier City, Robert Eugene Easley. 
Ph.D.. and Jo Pease of Houston, Brig. Gen (ret.) Curtis Hoglan 
of Niceville, Fla., Kevin Lynch of Cincinnati, and Speaker of 
the Louisiana House of Representatives Joe Salter of Florien. 

Carleton has been an educator for 39 
years. He has been chancellor of Bossier 
Parish Community College since 1994, 
Carleton earned a bachelor's degree in social 
sciences in 1967 and a master's in social sci- 
ences in 1974. 

"Northwestern gave me a foundation on 
which I built my career. Without that. I 
would be no where." said Carleton. "I learned to stay true to my 
cause and gained the insights as to where I needed to go and 
what I needed to do to make a contribution toward making the 
world a better place." 

Carleton joined BPCC in 1974 as a social sciences teacher 
and has served as director of Community Education and vice 
chancellor of community affairs. 

Easley received a bachelor's in business 
in 1962 and a master's in business in 1963. 
He received a Ph.D. from the University of 
Colorado in 1988. 
, - Easley served at the NASA Johnson 

^^^^^l Space Center for 34 years and was a member 

^^^k^^^^^ of the federal government's Senior 
^^^^^^^^^ Executive Service. Easley received the 
Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive and the NASA 
Exceptional Service Medal. 

He worked in senior positions at The Boeing Company 
Space Exploration Division from 1998 until 2005. Easley teach- 
es at the University of Houston - Clear Lake. He is a member of 
the NSU College of Business Hall of Distinction. 

"I received an outstanding education at Northwestern," said 
Easley. "The professors were very interested in the success of 
the students and spent a lot of time not just advising, but coun- 
seling. I sincerely believe that my experiences at NSU helped to 
prepare me for an exciting and challenging career." 

Hoglan received a bachelor's in music 
education in 1955. He earned a master's in 
public administration at Shippensburg 

"NSU was the first time I had really 
experienced the larger world, met many peo- 
ple from all kinds of backgrounds," said 
Hoglan. "At NSU 1 learned that I could "be 
all I could be.' 1 was not an honor student, but 1 learned that I 
could do almost anything I set my mind to." 

Hoglan served at the Pentagon and around the world. He 
was commanding general of V Corps Artillery and the First 

ROTC Region. Hoglan was an inductee into the NSU ROTC 
Hall of Fame. His decorations include two Bronze Stars and the 
Purple Heart. 

Hoglan has also worked in economic development. 

Lynch, a 1961 graduate, earned a bache- 
lor's degree in political science. He was an 
executive with Procter and Gamble for 30 

"My years at Northwestern formed a 
foundation of values that I have tried to build 
on throughout my life," said Lynch. "The 
discipline I gained as a graduate of 
Northwestern's R.O.T.C. program, and as a member of the pres- 
tigious 'Black Knights.' instilled a drive to excel as a U.S. Army 
Officer and throughout my business career." 

Lynch co-founded of the Catholic Men's Fellowship of 
Greater Cincinnati and the National Fellowship of Catholic 
Men. serving as the organization's president. 

Lynch established the Annie C. O'Neal Lynch Endowment 
in honor of his wife to support nursing students and student 
activities at Holy Cross Catholic Church. 

Pease received a degree in accounting 
and business administration. She worked as a 
legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Joe Waggoner 
before becoming a lobbyist for Shell Oil 

Pease earned an MBA from the Yale 
School of Management. She became Shell's 
(U.S.) chief ethics and compliance officer in 
200 1 and served on the Board of Directors of the Ethics and 
Compliance Officers Association. Last year, she was honored by 
Texas Executive Women as one of 10 "Women on the Move" in 

"Northwestern was a place where I could make things hap- 
pen." said Pease. "The university felt like a place where people 
were willing to do things differently. 1 had a chance to work 
with fellow students all the way up to the president. Those expe- 
riences gave me of self-confidence and prepared me for the 
business world." 

Salter was elected Speaker of the 
Louisiana House of Representatives in 2004, 
the first representative from his district to 
hold the position. 

"I am extremely honored to receive this 
special recognition." said Salter. "I know 
many people who have been inducted into 
the Long Purple Line have been very suc- 
cessful and have made many important contributions. 
Northwestern has been an important part of my life and of many 
members of my family." 

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Campus News 

College of Education honors Distinguished Educators 






Northwestern's College of 
Education hosted the seventh 
annual Alumni Reunion and 
breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 28 in con- 
junction with Homecoming activities. 
During the COE reunion, four alumni 
were inducted into the Hall of 
Distinguished Educators. They are State 
Rep. Beverly Gourdon Bruce of 
Mansfield, Travis E. Funderburk of 
Pineville, Lola Kendrick of Shreveport 
and NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb 
of Natchitoches. One alumnus. Dr. 
Robert Gillan of Natchitoches, was desig- 
nated a Friend of Education. 

Bruce has served in the Louisiana 
House of Representatives for over 1 1 
years and was re-elected in 1999 and 
2003 to her second and third terms with- 
out opposition. Prior to her election in 
1995, she served as teacher of home eco- 
nomics in the public school system for 
nine years and as a home economist with 
the LSU Agricultural Center-Research 
and Extension Service for 23 years. She 
retired from her DeSoto Parish Extension 
position in 1996 to devote full-time serv- 
ice in the House of Representatives. 

Bruce received a degree in home 
economics education from Northwestern 
in 1956 and a master's degree in child 
development and family relations in 
1964. She also did post-graduate work at 
Louisiana State University. 

Funderburk contributed to education 
at the local and state levels while serving 
as a teacher^ principal, supervisor and 
assistant superintendent in Rapides 
Parish. After graduating with honors 
from Northwestern State College in 1950 
and earning a master's in education at 
LSU, he completed post-graduate work at 
the University of Florida, LSU and 
Northwestern, in addition to completing 
many institutes and seminars on special 

topics in education. 

Funderburk began his career as a 
physics and general science teacher at 
Bolton High School in Alexandria before 
becoming an assistant principal and later 
principal at Cherokee Elementary. He 
was Supervisor of Elementary Education 
for the Rapides Parish School Board from 
1963-66 and Director of Instruction and 
High School Supervisor from 1966-67. 
From 1967-80, he was assistant superin- 
tendent of instruction and from 1980-93 
owned Travco Educational Consultant 
and Sales Services, serving school sys- 
tems and school supply firms. 

Kendrick served Caddo Parish for 30 
years, where she was recognized as an 
outstanding teacher, researcher, public 
relations head and assistant to the super- 
intendent. She has been a community 
education activist, serving on numerous 
boards and clubs, constantly researching 
and writing education- and youth-related 

Kendrick earned her undergraduate 
degree in 1961 and a master's from 
Northwestern in 1967. In addition to her 
work as a teacher and administrator, she 
served for eight years as an education 
specialist for Workforce Commission in 
the governor's office, where she was 
responsible for researching education 
issues, such as preparing a work-ready 
workforce and career planning. She was 
the principal author of a report that has 
been widely used and quoted in 
Louisiana workforce, education and eco- 
nomic development arenas. The report 
has continued to be updated and is fea- 
tured in a Council for a Better Louisiana 

Webb is currently in his 10th year as 
president of Northwestern. During his 
tenure. Northwestern has gained unprece- 
dented state and national attention for its 

achievements in academic and athletic 
programming. New academic programs 
have been created including bachelor's 
programs in criminal justice, heritage 
resources, electronics engineering tech- 
nology and theatre, along with a bache- 
lor's in liberal arts in the Louisiana 
Scholars' College. A new graduate pro- 
gram in heritage resources is in its second 

Webb earned degrees in mathematics 
and business education at Northwestern 
in 1965 and a master's in mathematics in 
1966. He taught mathematics as a gradu- 
ate assistant and as a faculty member at 
Northwestern before earning a doctorate 
with concentrations in mathematics and 
research at the University of Southern 
Mississippi in 1971. 

After serving in administrative 
capacities at other universities for several 
years, Webb returned to Northwestern as 
Dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies 
in 1989 and in 1996 was elevated to the 
office of president. NSU's scope includes 
delivery of instruction and services on the 
main campus in Natchitoches and at 
satellite campuses in Alexandria, 
Shreveport, Leesville/Fort Polk and at 
numerous off-site locations across central 

Gillan's contributions to 

Northwestern's technology sector have 
been invaluable. He built and directed 
the university's Education Technology 
program, the largest graduate concentra- 
tion at the university and one of the 
largest programs of its kind in the nation. 
He has also pioneered the development of 
web-based instruction and taught the univer- 
sity's first Internet courses. 
Northwestern's Master of Education and 
Education Specialist degree concentra- 
tions in education technology were the 
first such programs approved for on-line 

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New Foundation Board Members 

Alvin C. Moreau Jr. of Baton Rouge and Steve Tannehill of 
011a have been named to the Northwestern State University 
Foundation Board of Directors. 

A native of Baton Rouge, Moreau played foot- 
ball at NSU and was elected to the All Gulf States 
Conference team. He graduated from NSU in 1966 
with a degree in education and a minor in English. 
He taught for four years before returning to school, 
enrolling in the physical therapy program at the 
University of Alabama-Birmingham. He has worked 
as a practicing physical therapist since 1974. He is 
CEO of Moreau Physical Therapy, which consists of four clinics in the 
Baton Rouge and Opelousas areas. He is a member of NSU's Graduate N 
Club and was instrumental in initiating the Buddy Bonnette Memorial 

Married since 1970 to Margarette Ackal Moreau, Moreau and his wife 
have four children, Eugenie, Al III. Matthew and Michael, and five grand- 

Tannehill graduated from Northwestern in 1977. 

attended law school at Louisiana State University and 

worked as a wood contractor until 1 98 1 . He has been 

a Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society field 

representative for the last 25 years and a registered 

representative with Woodmen Financial Services 

since 2001. He is a member of the National 

Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors and 

the Million Dollar Round Table. 

Tannehill and his wife. Pamela Menefee Tannehill, have two children. 

Stephanie and William. He is a member of the United Church 

of Urania and is an active supporter of LaSalle High School athletics and 

the Olla-Tullos-Urania Senior Citizens Organization. 

Long Purple Line from page 3 

Salter earned a bachelors and master's degree in education and com- 
pleted additional post-graduate work. He had a distinguished career as an 
educator, retiring as Sabine Parish assistant superintendent of schools. 

He was first elected to the House in 1986 and has been re-elected five 
times, four times without opposition. 

Distinguished Educators from page 4 

delivery and to date remain the preeminent online graduate programs in 
the state, both in quality and in number of graduates. 

Gillan's impact on the state technology sector over the decade is 
defined through several examples. The Louisiana Association of 
Computer Using Educators, which he founded and continues to lead, 
forms the professional nexus for all school technology educators. His 
Middle School On-Line staff development resource, which provides on- 
line continuing education for all state middle school teachers, serves as a 
model for teacher development of every kind. Dr. Gillan has taken a lead- 
ership role in training more teachers at all levels through college course 
work, workshops and conference presentations than any other educator in 


Distinguislied Service 


Special Agent Patrick S. Turner of the FBI 
is the recipient of the 2006 President's 
Distinguished Service Award at Northwestern 
State University. He was be honored during 
NSU's Homecoming activities on Oct. 27-28. 

Turner, a 1986 graduate of Northwestern, 
has been with the FBI since 1997. He has been 
assigned to the Miami, El Paso and 
Indianapolis Divisions of the FBI. From 
January 2004 until October 2005, Turner was 
the supervisor for the Indianapolis Joint 
Terrorism Task Force. In March, he was 
deployed to Iraq in support of the FBI's coun- 
terterrorism mission. After deployment, he 
returned to Indianapolis and is working vio- 
lent crime cases and is a member of the FBI 
Indianapolis SWAT team. 

Turner earned both an athletic and honors 
scholarship to NSU, playing four years on the 
Demon football team. He was part of the 1984 
Gulf Star Conference championship team and 
earned the squad's high academic award in 
1985 and 1986. 

After graduating from NSU, Turner spent 
three years as a state trooper with the Florida 
Highway Patrol. In 1990, he became a com- 
missioned officer in the U.S. Army, flying 
CH-47 Chinook helicopters. 

"I was surprised to learn that I received 
this award," said Turner, who wrote about 
some of his experiences in Iraq for . "I feel as if I am only a 
small part of what I have been involved with 
in Iraq and with the Bureau. I am very hon- 

Turner's wife Elena is also an FBI agent. 
They have two daughters, Shae, 6, and 
Sophie, 2. 

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Campus News 

Six outstanding educators at Northwestern 
State University were recognized for their 
contributions to the university and their individual 
colleges as recipients of this year's NSU 
Excellence in Teaching Awards. The six hon- 
orees, who were selected by their peers, were 
honored during Homecoming. The faculty and 
their respective colleges are, from left, Dr Mark 
Schaub, College of Business; Dr. Paula Furr, 
College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Patricia N. Pierson, 
College of Science and Technology; Dr Laura 
Carwile Aaron, College of Nursing, and Dr. 
Barbara Duchardt, College of Education. Not 
shown is Dr. James A. Means, Louisiana 
Scholars' College. 

Alumni Plaza unveiled IS 

A reception to commemorate the completion 
of NSU's Alumni Plaza was held 
Homecoming weekend. Numerous alumni 
and university supporters contributed to the 
project by purchasing fixtures such as the Pi 
Kappa Phi clock and the Dan and Lilly 
Chase fountain, as well as benches, granite 
tiles, trees and hmps. The Plaza is located 
between the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts 
Auditorium and the Orville Hanchey Gallery. 
The development of the Plaza is on-going as 
engraved brick pavers are still available for 
purchase. The engraved fixtures provide a 
tangible connection to the university for 
graduates, faculty and supporters. For more 
information on the Plaza, or to purchase a 
fixture for yourself or a loved one, contact 
the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4243. 

Businesses recognized 

The NSU College of Business recognized outstand- 
ing businesses during the annual Homecoming 
brunch on Saturday, Oct. 28. Named the Dean's 
Outstanding Business Award recipients were, from 
left. State Farm Insurance represented by Buddy 
Wood; Association of Member Benefits Advisors, 
represented by Sherry Morgan, and Martco 
Foundation, represented by Jesse Bolton. On the 
back row is Dr Stephen Elliott, acting dean of the 
College of Business. 

Graduate N Club 

The 1981 team from Northwestem State University, represented by Victor Oatis, Joe 
Delaney, Mario Johnson and Mark Duper, coached by Jerry Dyes, who won the NCAA 
championship in the 4x100 meter relay, were inducted into the Graduate N Club Hall of 
Fame during Homecoming weekend. Pictured after the inductions were, from left, Mark 
Duper, Alma Delaney Warren (Joe Delaney's sister), Carolyn Delaney (Joe Delaney's 
wife), Mario Johnson, Coach Jerry Dyes and Victor Oatis. The team remains the only uni- 
versity that competes at the Division l-AA level in football to ever win a relay title, 4x100 
or 4x400, men or women, at the NCAA Division I Indoor or Outdoor Championships. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 6 

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OKathy Waits Robinson (1986) was selected as one of the 
"Great 100 Nurses in Texas for 2006" by the Dallas-Fort 
Worth Hospital Council and the Texas Nurses Association. This 
prestigious award is considered by most physicians and nurses 
as the highest award given to RNs in Texas. Robinson works at 
the Medical Center of Lewisville, Lewisville, Texas. 

She is currently finishing her Masters in Neonatology 
Nursing at Baylor Medical School and will be a certified NNP 
in May 2007. 

Robinson is married to Tim Robinson, formerly of 
Shreveport, and has two children, Kimberly, 1 1 , and Matthew. 8. 

"I owe most of my success in nursing to the education and 
training I received at Northwestern School of Nursing. I am par- 
ticularly grateful to Mrs. Cheek for her instruction and guidance 
when I was a student," she said. "Thank you Northwestern for 
giving me the tools to have a successful and rewarding career as 
an RN." 

kNSU alumnus Mike Restovich, federal security director 
at Dallas Love Field, was tapped in March 2006 to over- 
see the day-to-day operations of all United States transportation 
security, including all .security directors, screeners and inspec- 

Within the Transportation Security Administration. 
Restovich, 58, will command security operations for all types of 
transportation - one of the largest endeavors in the federal gov- 

Restovich was an early figure in the TSA's formation after 
the 9/1 1 terrorist attacks and has been a key figure in the 
agency's "risk-based" reorganization under Director Kip 
Hawley. Restovich, a former U.S. Secret Service agent, is one 
of four people overseeing key aspects of the agency. 

Work during Hurricane Katrina led to the new job. 
Restovich traveled to Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport to 
help oversee evacuations after the storm. He received the TSA's 
most prestigious award in October and was invited to help with 
the agency's reorganization based on recommendations by 
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Cheiloff. 

Restovich was a double major in psychology and sociology 
with criminal justice as his area of interest. He graduated from 
NSU in 1969. He was an officer in Kappa Alpha, and Gamma 
Psi Honor Society. 

O Amanda Shuford Mayeaux and Monique Wild were 
two of a team of three teachers from Dutchtown Middle 
School in Geismar named Teacher of the Year at the 2006 
Disney Teacher Awards Gala in August. Eighth grade teachers 
Mayeaux, Wild and colleague Kathryn Pilcher were the first 
teaching team to take the title. They also took home the 2006 
Outstanding Middle School Teacher Award and the 2006 Youth 
Service America Award, an unprecedented accomplishment. 

Mayeaux graduated from Northwestern in 1992. At NSU, 
she sang in the choir, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and 
worked in the dean of education's office. She was the 
Outstanding Elementary Student Teacher for NSU in 1992. 

After earning her undergraduate degree at NSU, she earned two 
master's degrees from LSU, one in curriculum and instrucfion 
and a second in education leadership. She also won the Milken 
Family Foundation National Educator award in 2003. She 
teaches math and science 

Wild earned her undergraduate degree in elementary educa- 
tion at LSU in 1991 and completed her master's degree in edu- 
cation technology through Northwestem's on-line program. She 
teaches English/language arts and history. 

li^^Crystal Mallett of Alexandria, a 
member of the Gamma Phi 
Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International 
Honor Society in Education, was award- 
ed a $ 1 ,000 scholarship by the organiza- 
tion. Mallett earned an undergraduate 
degree in elementary education at 
Northwestern in 2005 through a joint 
program between the College of 
Education and the Louisiana Scholars' 
College. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in special edu- 
cation with emphasis in teaching gifted children through NSU. 

This past fall, Mallett began her .second year teaching hon- 
ors and gifted English, reading and computers to seventh and 
eighth grade .students at Pineville Junior High. 

Mallett hopes to complete her degree in August 2007 and 
intends to stay in the central Louisiana area. 

OJohn M. Sullivan has been named vice president for aca- 
demic affairs at Watkins College of Art & Design in 
Nashville. He will oversee the college's academic planning and 
will work with other members of the executive management 
team to coordinate the internal operations of the college's aca- 
demic programs. 

A native of Vidalia, Sullivan attended NSU from 1968-75, 
minus 1 970-72 when he served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. 
Army. He later served with the U.S. National Guard. At NSU, 
he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and graduated in 1975 
with a B.S. in advertising design. 

In 1984, he returned to school and earned an M.F.A in 
graphic design at Louisiana Tech while working in corporate 
advertising and public relations in Monroe. 

Sullivan taught graphic design at Arkansas Tech in 
Ru.ssellville, Ark., for 15 years. During that time, he also worked 
as a graphic design consultant for an agricultural development 
institute and began exhibiting his own artwork. In addition to 
graphic design, he is a painter and print maker. 

In 2003, Sullivan left Arkansas Tech to become chairman of 
the Department of Art at Jackson State University in Jackson, 
Miss. After eight months, he was promoted to associate dean for 
the College of Liberal Arts. 

Sullivan moved to Nashville in August to take up his new 
post. He and his wife Margaret, a photographer, are empty 


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Alumni News 

^^Major Alan Hardin has joined the staff at Northwestern 
^^^^ as an assistant professor of military science. Major Hardin 
will work primarily as enrollment and scholarships officer in 
charge of recruiting for the NSU ROTC program. 

His duties are interviewing and explaining what ROTC is 
to prospective cadets in college at Northwestern, high schools 
and at Fort Polk and informing them about the financial incen- 
tives available to students who have an interest in military sci- 

Major Hardin graduated from Pickering High School in 
1984 and enrolled at Northwestern. He played men's basketball 
as a walk-on and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon 
Fraternity. He met his wife, the former Sheila Sampite, at 
Northwestern. Major Hardin joined the Army in 1988 and 
returned to NSU to complete his undergraduate degree in busi- 
ness administration in 1990. Married since 1991, Major Hardin 
and his wife have an 18-month-old son, Daniel. 

kSgt. Jerod Ward of the Louisiana National Guard 
received a hero's welcome home during the Sept. 30 NSU 
football game, in conjunction with Military Appreciation Day. A 
Northwestern alumnus, Sgt. Ward served in support of 
Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was recognized on-field during a 
half-time ceremony alongside several other local service mem- 
bers. Sgt. Ward served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 
with the 156th Armor Battalion of the Louisiana National 
Guard. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds sustained 
during his 12-month tour in Baghdad. Ward graduated from 
Northwestern in 2002 with a degree in criminal justice. 

^^ Jason Lott ('96, "99) has been named superintendent of Casa 
^<>' Grande Ruins National Monument, the fu^st archaeological 
site to be preserved by the federal government and the fifth oldest 

unit in the National Park Service. 

Located in Coolidge, Ariz., 
the Casa Grande Ruins are one of 
the largest and most mysterious 
prehistoric structures built in North 
America. Set aside as a federal land 
reserve in 1892 and then as a 
National Monument in 1918, Casa 
Grande Ruins is a place where his- 
tory transcends 600 years of continuous occupation. The site has 
approximately 100,000 visitors per year. 

Lott earned an undergraduate in advertising design with a 
minor in photography and a master's in history with an emphasis in 
cultural resource management at NSU. He was a member of Kappa 
Alpha Order and a graduate of the ROTC program. Lott has been an 
active member of the Louisiana National Guard and Army Reserve 
for 18 years, including 10 years as an enlisted soldier. Lott served in 
Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91 and was deployed to Iraq in 
2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as a com- 
pany commander overseeing 142 soldiers. He served as a company 
commander for 1086 Transportation Company out of Bunkie, Ville 
Platte and Vidalia, where some Northwestern students were under 
his command. 

Lott has settled in Florence with his wife, Wendy Ropelewski 
Lott, and their two children. Wendy earned a degree in anthropolo- 
gy at NSU in 1995 and a master's in histoid with emphasis in cul- 
tural resource management, in 2000. They have two children, Sarah, 
8, and Jimmy. 6. 

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Look for familiar names at the book 
store. ..NSU alumni 

Brother and sister alumni 
Shelley Richardson of Birmingham, 
Ala., and Bonnie Richardson Murphy 

of Natchitoches, are planning a 
release of their second children's 
book and have a third book in the 
works. The collaborations, which 

are written by Murphy and illustrated by Richardson, are color- 
ful rhyming books for preschool children and beginning readers. 

The latest book, entitled "Rooster's Gumbo" will be pub- 
lished through the Creole Heritage Center at Northwestern, and 
will include Creole phrases, an authentic Creole recipe for 
gumbo and a glossary of Creole terms. 

Murphy and Richardson's first book together, "Can A 
Rooster Drive a Tractor," was published in 2001. 

"We worked with Creole specialists to inject Creole phras- 
ing into the narrative," said Janet Colson, assistant director of 
the Creole Heritage Center. 

Murphy graduated from Northwestern in 1962 with a 
degree in elementary education and taught elementary students 
for several years. She and her husband, Steve Murphy, recently 
relocated back to Natchitoches from Foxworth, Miss. 

Richardson graduated from Northwestern in 1960 with a 
degree in physical education and a minor in sociology. He was 
elected Mr. NSU and was active in the Bapdst Student Union 
and intramurals. He is retired as an community education 
administrator for the Jefferson County, Alabama, Board of 

A third book in the works is entitled "The Discontented 

For more information on the Murphy/Richardson books, 
contact the authors at or . Information can also be obtained through 
the NSU Creole Heritage Center, (318) 357-6685. 

^HHj^^^H Winnie Dowden Wyatt (1953) of 
^^^^^Pm^^H Grapevine, Texas, has published a novel 
^^^^F^ ^^H entitled "The Little Dry," the story of 
^^^▼^ — * ''^H J^riice, an American artist who follows 
^^^ W^ her husband to his native Nigeria follow- 

^^ ing his eight year study in the United 

' ^jj g States. In the book, Janice finds a num- 

ber of surprises as Nigeria experiences 
two coups and she discovers that her husband has a native wife 
and a child. 

This is Wyatt's first book, though she has published many 
stories and articles in various magazines, including "Child Life," 
"American Red Cross News." Another story, "A Pot of Water for 
Bocas," was selected for inclusion in a collection of "Children 
Around the World" publicadon. Bluestone, a literary quarterly, 
which is available on the Internet, published an adult novella, "A 
Light Gone Out." Through the years, Wyatt has published other 
books with a variety of themes. 

"My appreciation for Northwestern and the contribution 
this insfitution has made to my life are inexpressible," she said. 

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Alumni Gatherings 

Winnfield Recruiting/Alumni Reception and Golf Tournament 

Hedy (1971) and Jim 
Pinkerton, Kathy and 
Bobby (1963) Guin 
and Benny (1956) and 
Beth Smith got 
reaquanted during the 
annual Winnfield 

Tammy (1991) and Todd Martin enjoyed the meal and 
fellowship of the reception held in Winnfield in July. 

Alumni Association Vice President Jerry Brungart (1971), Robert Walker (1972) 
and Chuck Levey (1974) looked over NSU sports memorabilia following the 
Winnfield Golf Toumament. 

Shreveport Golf Outing 


Jim (1965) and Neva Barr and John (1994) and Jennifer Carpenter were 
among those who greeted new NSU recruits. 

Chicago Gathering 

Renowned TV sports announcer Tim Brando donated and Patrick Netherton, 
NSU sports radio announcer, coordinated a golf outing package as an item up 
for bid during last year's NSU Athletic Scholarship Auction. The winning bid- 
der for the package was NSU supporter Robert Holladay of Natchitoches, who 
presented the package as a gift to NSU football radio announcer Jack "Britt" 
Brittain Jr. and NSU Men's Head Basketball Coach Mike McConathy Brando 
and Netherton hosted at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport. From 
left are Brittain, McConathy, Brando and Netherton. "The golf and laughter 
meant a great time and we all join in saying Thank you so much,'" Brittain said. 

Chicago area alumni gathered for a reunion at Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge 
in Hinsdale, III., in August. Attending the event were, seated from left, Jill 
Bankston, Lil Dealy, Liz Mims, Allison Miller, Elena Turner, Barbara Conner, 
Ginger Eppinette and Patncia Fee. On the back row are Jay Bankston, John 
Dealy, Ted Mims, Brad Miller, Patrick Tumer, Matthew Eppinette and Kelvin Fee. 

New Tradition 

A new campus tradition for students and student groups 
began with the fall semester as rocks were placed around 
campus for groups to promote their events, activities and 
special news. A committee will set forth guidelines for 
painting and reserving the rock for use by all student 
groups. Courtney Carnahan, a sophomore fashion mer- 
chandising major from Pineville, decorated one of the 
many large rocks to welcome students back to school. 

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Athletic News 

The Daily Demon adds flair to website 

Thousands of Northwestern alumni and 
many others who have interest in NSU 
athletics use the 
website to keep current on the Demons 
and Lady Demons. 

Recently, the site launched a new 
feature - a blog entitled "The Daily 
Demon." Blogs, which are online 
"diaries," provide the authors with a 
forum for reflections and observations. 

While blogs are commonplace on 
news sites on the Internet, they are hard 
to find on intercollegiate athletics web- 

Recent entries on "The Daily 
Demon" included coverage of the 40th 
reunion of the unbeaten 1966 Demons 
football team, news on two former NSU 
star athletes coaching at LSU, and 
reflections on the "Opie's Open" golf 
tournament held by basketball coach 
Mike McConathy to support NSU's 
championship hoops team. 

Demon Days 2007 calendar in 

For the avid NSU sports fan, or anyone 
who loves Northwestern, there's an 
excellent stocking stuffer - the Demon 
Days 2007 wall calendar. 

The third annual edition of the 
Demon Days calendar is under produc- 
tion and should be available in early 
December. It features more than 50 
striking photos of Northwestern stu- 
dent-athletes, spirit group members, 
coaches and fans covering every one of 
NSU's NCAA Division I sports teams, 
with the images selected from the col- 
lection of official NSU photographer 
Gary Hardamon. 

There are more than 200 historic 
dates in Northwestern athletic history 
featured on the calendar, with landmark 
achievements in each sport recognized 
tracing all the way back to the early 
days of athletics at "the Normal school." 

Every buyer also is entered into 
monthly drawings for Demon Days 
Calendar Prizes, ranging up to $100 
value in cash, merchandise or outings. 

Calendars can be ordered at the 
NSU athletic fieldhouse during business 
hours (8-.5) Monday-Friday, and also at 
home NSU basketball games before and 
after the holidays. They can be ordered 
online at on the 
internet, with a $3 shipping charge 
applicable if needed. 

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The 1966 team who reunited in October were, from left, David Centanni, David Lovich, Gerald 
Malley, Shelley Dickie, Al Phillips, Paul Alonzo, Dick Concilio, Carroll Long, Coach Herbie Smith, 
David Arnold, Coach Gene Knecht, Nellie Clayton, Steve Gaspard, Coach John Ropp, Don 
Guidry, Dick Reding, Barry Fresh, Ross Gwinn, Kenny Callens, David Smith, Gary Pittman, 
Coach Ernest "Slim" Howell, Phillip Creel and Melvin Johnston. 

Scholarship remembers former Demon basketball player 

The family of former 
Northwestern State 

University basketball stand- 
out Bill Loftin. who at the 
time of his death in January 
2006 was believed to have 
been the oldest living Demon 
basketball alumnus, has 
established the "Bill Loftin 
Men's Basketball Scholar- 
ship" in honor of the late Red 
River Parish native. 

Loftin was an outstand- 
ing player for Coach H. Lee 
Prather from 1 934-38, serving 
as team captain his last two 
seasons. A highly successful 
coach in his hometown of Martin, Loftin 
served in General George Patton's Third 
Army seeing action during World War II. 

Gathering to make the contribution were children and his 
wife; from left, John Loftin, Faye Goode, Richard Loftin, 
Leola Loftin and NSU Director of Athletics Greg Burke. 

He later became principal of Martin for 
seven years and spent nearly a decade as 
superintendent of schools in the parish. 


An innovative concept which may launch a trend in marketing colle- 
giate and professional sports programs, the newly-unveiled website is designed to develop a connection 
between Northwestern State athletics and children in junior Ngh and 
elementary school. 

Among elements of the site are games of varying degrees of diffi- 
culty for various ages, coloring pages, puzzles, art contests, stories 
about NSU games, athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, and activities 
written by kids, spotlights on NSU athletes, coaches, Vic the Demn^ 
mascot, cheerleaders and band members. Wt 

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Alumni News 

Alum lives out a dream at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp 

Randy Ryder. (1990. 1995) 
lived out his dream as he 
participated in two Rock and 
Roll Fantasy camps, a chance 
to write and perform music 
with some of the biggest 
names in music. Ryder, who 
sings and plays guitar, was 
able to write and perform 
songs, get instruction from 
celebrities and jam with some 
of the legends of rock. 

The Rock and Roll 
Fantasy camp brings music 
lovers together with music 
professionals for the opportu- 
nity to move from the specta- 
tor stands to the stage. The 
camp was created by Daid 
Fishof, a renowned agent and 

"I met numerous rock 
stars and have become friends 
with a few. while all were very 
approachable." said Ryder, 
who jammed on-stage at B.B. 
King's with Rock and Roll 
Hall of Famer Dickey Betts of 

the Allman Brothers during 
the Rock and Roll Fantasy 
camp. We really got to jam 
with these guys not just meet 
and greet but work in studio's 
with these greats." 

After writing songs at 
both camps, the song Ryder's 
band worked on in New York 
was recorded at Sirius 
Satellite's studio and will be 
included on a CD with record- 
ings by other Rock and Roll 
Fantasy campers. 

This past fall. Ryder met 
with VH-1 to put together a 
two-hour special he co-hosted 
with Lynn Hoffman that will 
air this spring and feature 
Ryder and the interaction 
between the stars from the 
camp. The broadcast will 
allow Ryder the opportunity 
to promote his New Orleans 
Children's Charity project. 
He also participated in a one- 
day camp in Columbus. Ohio, 
opening on a side stage for 

Randy Ryder jammed on-stage at B.B. King's with Rock and Roll Hall 
of Famer Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers during the Rock and Roll 
Fantasy camp. 

Def Leppard and Journey. 

Ryder still has his day job 
working for Cardiovascular 
Consultants and taking care of 
patients in their nuclear lab. 
He is married to Amanda 
Middlebrooks Ryder (1996). 
who is radiology director at 
Willis-Knighton South 

Medical Center in Shreveport. 
The couple has two children. 
Randy works as technical 

director of nuclear cardiology. 
At Northwestern. Ryder 
earned degrees in electronic 
engineering technology in 
1990 and radiologic/nuclear 
medicine technology in 1995. 
He was a member of Tau 
Kappa Epsilon. He played in 
Natchez Trace, a band with 
other guys from different fra- 
ternities, from 1987-89. 

Long Purple Line member honored by fraternity 

David D. Morgan (1973) was inducted into the Pi Kappa Phi 
Fraternity Hall of Fame during the fraternity's national 
convention held in Dallas in July. 

'i was quite proud of this honor since only 24 out of 
100.(K)() alumni have ever been selected into the Hall of Fame." 
Morgan said. 

The Pi Kappa Phi Hall of Fame consists of selected alumni 
members who have distinguished themselves in their respective 
profession and. by doing so. have brought honor and credit to 
their fraternity. Morgan, an alumnus of NSU's Beta Omicron 
chapter, began in the insurance industry following graduation in 
197.3. Over the last 30-plus years he has been a founder and 
CEO of several different insurance companies. A pioneer in 
linking insurance products and other benefits with membership- 
based organizations, he has brought credit to Pi Kappa Phi by 
adding value to many different associations. 

Morgan credited much of his success in life to the lessons 
learned as a chapter leader. He credited Pi Kappa Phi with 
broadening his horizons and equipping him to be a successful 
business leader. Morgan also challenged the student leaders to 
take full advantage of their Pi Kappa Phi experience. 

Morgan has supported NSU in several projects. In 1998, he 
was inducted into the NSU Long Purple Line. 

Presenting the "Hall of Fame" award to David Morgan, far right, are 
Mark Jacobs National Treasurer, and Allen Woody Foundation 

Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 1 1 

Foundation News 

Durr Professorship announced at College of Business brunch 

An endowed professorship in the 
Northwestern State University 
College of Business has been established 
to honor a long-time accounting profes- 
sor. The professorship, created through 
the NSU Foundation in partnership with 
several donors, will honor Dr. Kenneth I. 
Durr, who taught at both the high school 
and university levels. 

The professorship in the amount of 
$100,000 was created through a partner- 
ship with graduates of the business 
department from the classes of 1959, 
1960 and 1961, who were contacted by 
Ellis Coutee ('60) and Dr. William Muse 
('60) about creating the professorship to 
honor Durr, who provided them with a 
foundation of knowledge beneficial to 
their careers. 

Durr graduated from Marthaville 
High School in 1933 and earned a B.S. at 

Louisiana State Normal College in 1939. 
He earned a master's at George Peabody 
College in 1947 and a doctorate at 
Indiana University in 1963. He taught 
high school at Marthaville High, 
Robeline High, 
Allen High, St. 
Mary's and West 
Hartford, Conn., 
High. He then 
spent 35 years 
teaching account- 
ing at the university 
level in Louisiana 
and Texas, teaching 
at Northwestern, 
Northeast Louisiana 
University, Texas 
University and 
Stephen F. Austin. 

Durr is married to Dr. Gloria Ebarb 
Durr (1961) and has five children and 
eight grandchildren. He currently resides 
in Nacogdoches, Texas, and celebrated 
his 90th birthday earlier this year. 

Partners in creating the Dr Kenneth Durr Endowed Professorship for 
the College of Business were, from left, Dr. Williann Muse, Wayne 
Williamson, Karl Moore, Dr. Durr, Dr. Doyle Williams, Juanita Coutee 
and Ellis Coutee, Not shown are partners Glynn Phillips and Joe and 
Wilna Sepulvado. Other co-partners and donors also participated in 
creating the professorship. 

Foundation News 

• The Coordinating and Development 
Corporation, a regional economic devel- 
opment corporation, has established a 
scholarship at Northwestern State 
University in honor of long-time CDC 
board member and former Mansfield 
mayor Harold Cornett. The CDC 
pledged $10,000 to NSU and presented 

Announcing the Harold L. Cornett, CDC schol- 
arship were, from left are CDC President and 
CEO Max LeCompte, Natchitoches Mayor 
Wayne McCullen, Cornett and NSU President 
Dr. Randall J. Webb. 

the first installment of $1,000 to the NSU 
Foundation to establish the Harold L. 
Cornett, CDC scholarship. 

The Coordinating and Development 
Corporation (CDC) is a private, nonprof- 
it, membership-supported corporation 
that serves the economic, community, and 
business development needs of 10 parish- 
es in northwest Louisiana, eight counties 

Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 12 

in northeast Texas and four counties in 
southwest Arkansas. 

Cornett has been a Mansfield resi- 
dent for more than 40 years and served as 
mayor for 16 years before retiring four 
years ago. He is a former chairman of 
board for the CDC, former president of 
the Louisiana Municipal Association and 
former president of the Louisiana 
Commercial Development Authority in 
Baton Rouge. 

• Northwestern received $800,000 in 
matching funds to complete a $1 million 
endowed chair and five $ 1 00,000 endowed 
professorships. The matching funds were 
provided by the Louisiana Educational 
Quality Support Fund and supplemental 
appropriations by the Louisiana Legislature. 

A match of $600,000 will go toward 
The Charles Ragus (Founder of Advocare 
International) Family Endowed Chair in 
Business. Matches of $40,000 will be 
awarded to the Barry Smiley Professorship 
in Marketing; the Karl and Linda Moore 
Endowed Professorship in Business; the 
Roy O. Martin Endowed Professorship in 
Computer Information Systems; the 
Thomas E. Stewart Professorship in 
Educafion and the Willis-Knighton 
Healthcare System Endowed Professorship 
in Nursing. 

The endowed chairs were created with 
gifts of $400,000, which were matched with 
$600,000 from the Louisiana Educational 

Quality Support Fund. Interest from the 
endowment will be used to attract or retain a 
nationally recognized scholar. 

The endowed professorships were cre- 
ated with $60,000 in donations then 
matched by the state to create a $100,000 
endowed professorship. Interest generated 
by the endowment will fund faculty research 
and development along with needed equip- 

• A scholarship to benefit a 
Northwestern State University freshman 
pursing a degree in business has been 
established in memory of a Natchitoches 
businessman. A scholarship honoring the 
late S.T. Sibley III was established by his 
wife, Peggy Mathson Sibley, through a 
donation to the NSU Foundation. The 
scholarship will be awarded in the 
amount of $200 per year to a Louisiana 
resident. The recipient must maintain a 
2.5 grade point average. 

S. T. Sibley graduated from 
Natchitoches High School and attended 
Northwestern from 1946-49, as a busi- 
ness major. During World War II, he 
served in the Pacific Theatre. For 22 
years, Sibley served as secretary/treasurer 
of the Natchitoches Parish Police Jury 
and later became president of S.T. Sibley 
III Enterprises, in which he operated sev- 
eral businesses. He was a Mason, a 
Shriner and a member of First Baptist 
Church. Sibley passed away in 1999. 

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Alumni Updates 



Robert Charles 
Crosby is a retired 
investor and lives in 
Franklin, Tenn. 


Helen Maxine 
Penney Cely is a 
retired teacher and 
lives in Burkburnett, 


Walter Edward 
George is a retired 
electrician, married 
and lives in 
Waskom, Texas. 


John 0. Gaudin is 
retired, married to 
Cheryl Neville 
Gaudin (67) and 
lives in Houston, 


Dr John E. Kerley, 
Ed.D has recently 
been named princi- 
pal and athletic 
director at Riverdale 
Academy in East 
Point, La. In May 
2006, John retired 
after v^^orking 34 
years as principal 
and teacher in the 
Caddo Parish 
School System. He 
is married and lives 
in Shreveporl. 

Lynette Ater Tanner 
is a co-owner of 
Self-Tanner & Co., 
married and lives in 


Judy A. Wester is 
district manager for 
the state of 
Louisiana Division of 
Adult Probation and 
Parole and lives in 


Theresa Norwood 
Worth is retired and 
lives in Mesquite, 


Mary Melissa Muse 
Trammel! is a spe- 
cial education super- 
visor for Winn Parish 
School Board and 
lives in Campti. 


Kimberiy Crawford is 
CFO at P & K Media 
and lives in Mabank, 


Rev. Ron F Thomas 
is minister of educa- 
tion at Swartz First 
Baptist Church, mar- 
ried and lives in 


David Wayne Thrash 
is a principal at 
Bossier High School, 
mamed and lives in 
Bossier City. 


Caroline Frandsen 
Cantillas is retired 
and lives in Pacific 
Grove, Calif. 

Alumni Profile 

Frances Drake Redditt 

Frances Drake Redditt of St. Joseph 
retired last July at age 83 after dexoting 
herself to three ditTerent careers. She 
has numerous stories to tell, from her 
student years at Northwestern, to \ears 
spent working as a home economics 
teacher and Tensas Parish school food 
ser\ices director and her experiences 
working for the United States 
Department of Agriculture. 

A nati\e of the Sabine Parish com- 
munity of Mitchell. Mrs. Redditt gradu- 
ated from Northwestern in 1943 with a 
degree in home economics. At NSU. she 
was in the educational honor society, 
wrote for the Current Sauce and worked 
with the Wesley Foundation. Upon grad- 
uation, she received the Esther Cooley 
Award as most outstanding home eco- 
nomics graduate and recei\ed a gold 
thimble. At a department banquet se\er- 
a] years later, she recei\ed a sih er btiw I 
and was recognized as an outstanding 
alumna. Mrs. Redditt"s mother. 
Elizabeth S. Drake, was secretar\ for 
several Northwestern president's, from 
A.A. Fredericks to H. Lee Prather. 

Mrs. Redditt was led to the home 
economics field because of a young tal- 
ent for baking and sewing and involve- 
ment in 4-H. 

Mrs. Redditt earned a master's 
degree in from Texas Women's 
University in Denton. Texas, by spend- 
ing two summers away from her family 
to complete the coursework. Her mas- 
ter's thesis was on Home Economics in 
the Community, which tied directly to 
was giving her high 
She received her mas- 

instruction she 
school students, 
ter'sin 1959. 

Many of Mrs. Redditt's students 
won trips and scholarships through con- 
tests offered by Pillsburv and Betty 
Crocker and regularly placed well at 
Literary Rally. She encouraged in\oI\e- 
ment in organizations and practical 
experience. In 1959. Mrs. Redditt was 
named by Se\'enteen Magazine as one of 
the Top 10 National Teachers of the 
Year. One of her fondest memories is 

Frances Redditt 1943 

when she was 
honored with 
a surprise 
"This Is Your 
Life" pro- 
gram, organ- 
ized for her by 
ftiends and students, on her birthda\ . 

In 1966. Mrs. Reddin went to work 
as Tensas Parish school food super\ isor. 
bringing the kitchens up to par and the 
food program budgets out of the red. 
That led to a job w ith the USDA. in 
which she worked with 22 of 
Louisiana's northeast parishes' food 
banks and commodity food programs. 
She traveled 1.200 miles per month and 
\ isited e\er\ school and food pantn, site 
in northeast Louisiana. She created 
many of the eligibility forms currendy in 

During her three careers. Mrs. 
Redditt was very acti\e in numerous 
professional organizations. She held 
offices in the American Home 
Economics Association (now the Family 
and Consumer Sciences Association), 
and the Louisiana School Food 
Association (now called the Food and 
Nutrition Association) and w as president 
of both. She was also nominated to be 
president of the southwest regional 
American School Food Association and 
tra\eled to six states. 

"I had a long career and I enjoyed 
working with people all these years." she 

Mrs. Redditt is active at her church. 
First United Methodist Church of St. 
Joseph, w here she oversees the calendar 
of greeters and hostesses and has begun 
a post card ministry. For many years, 
she made special occasion cakes and 
catered events such as weddings, dinners 
and teas. She enjoys tra\e! and bridge. 

Mrs. Redditt has three children and 
two step-children. She also has 10 
grandchildren and 23 great-grandchil- 
dren scattered across the country. She 
lives in a rambling house on Lake Bruin. 


Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 13 

Alumni Updates 


Terri Anderson 
Remedies is an 
account executive 
business for a 
Coordinating & 
Corporation and 
lives in Many. 

Abdon Antonio 
Boscan is a field 
material coordinator 
for BP America, mar- 
ried and lives in 
Ulysses, Kan. 


Laura Chandler 
Richards is a kinder- 
garten teacher, mar- 
ried and lives in 


Kimberly F. Paulk 
Grieves is a physical 
education teacher, 
basketball, track, 
and volleyball coach. 
She is married and 
lives in Gulfport, 


Tracy Fisher 
Hennage is a 
speech pathologist 
and lives in San 
Antonio, Texas. 


Yvette Coburn is the 
owner of ICU Video 
and lives in Dallas, 


Lori Perkins Tassin 
is a pink Cadiltac 
senior sales director 
for Mary Kay, mar- 
ried and lives in 


Elizabeth Veatch 
Gintella is a regis- 
tered nurse at St. 
Davids Georgetown, 
married and lives in 
Elgin, Texas. 


Marie Hughes 
Mattox is an employ- 
ee chemical manag- 
er at Helena 
Chemical Company, 
married, and lives in 
Collierville, Tenn. 

Kenny L. Hemmer is 
a staff accountant at 
married to Michele 
Nixon ('94) and lives 
in Atlanta, Ga. 


Leslie Wilson Eames 
is a staff accountant 
at Goldman 
Equipment, LLC, 
married and lives in 

Jeremy Wolff is a 
International Paper 
and lives in Fort 
Worth, Texas. 

Lori "Michelle" Metz 
is a kindergarten 
teacher at Baines 
Lower Elementary 
and lives in SI 


Clarence Frank is 
director of orches- 
tras at Clear Lake 
Intermediate School 
and lives in 
Pasadena, Texas. 


Kelly Powell 
Behrendt is a recruit- 

Alumni Profile 

Dr. Robert Carter III 

Dr. Robert Carter III (Captain, 
US Army Medical Service Corps) 
was selected as the first U.S. Army 
physiologist assigned in France as 
part of a Department of Defense 
(DoD) effort to promote internation- 
al cooperation in military research, 
development, and acquisition 
through the exchange of defense sci- 
entists and engineers. Carter is 
assigned to the premier laboratory 
regarding military health research, 
the Centre de Recherches du Service 
de Sante des Armees in La Tronche, 
France (Rhone Alps Region). His 
research interests are related to 1 ) the 
of role that genetics play in human 
adaptation and survival to extreme 
environments and physical stress and 
2) the role of heat shock cells (small 
proteins found in many cells in the 
body) in protection against heart and 
skeletal muscle injury. Carter's 
broader objective's are to 1 ) broaden 
DoD perspectives in biomedical 
research and development tech- 
niques and methods, 2) gain insight 
into foreign research and develop- 
ment methods, organizational struc- 
tures, procedures, production, logis- 
tics, testing, and management sys- 
tems, 3) cultivate future international 
cooperative endeavors. 4) assist in 
avoiding duplication of research 
efforts with allied nations. From 
January 2002 to March 2006, Carter 
served as a Army Medical Service 
Officer and Researcher in the 
Division of Thermal and Mountain 
Medicine at the United States Army 
Research Institute of Environmental 
Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, 

In addition to his military duties, 
Carter continues to serve as an 
adjunct assistant professor in the 
Department of Biology at Southern 
University and as an adjunct faculty 
member in the Department of 
Biological Sciences at Northwestern. 

Carter teaches courses in anatomy 
and microbiology via E-NSU online. 

Carter attended Northwestern on 
academic and track scholarships, 
graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor 
of Science degree in biology. 

As an undergraduate, he served 
as President of Theta Chi Chapter of 
Alpha Phi Alpha Faternity and was a 
member of the organization for 4 
years. He was a member of Beta Beta 
Beta National Biological Honor 
Society. Life Science Club. 

After his undergraduate studies, 
he went on to take graduate-level 
courses in the Department of 
Biological Sciences at Southern and 
LSU. It was while he was at 
Southern that he was selected to par- 
ticipate in a bridge-to-doctorate pro- 
gram between Southern and the 
University of North Texas Health 
Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort 
Worth. After completing the bridge 
program and finishing his Master's 
degree in biology at Southern 
University in 1997, Carter began 
working toward his Ph.D. His inter- 
ests and goals at that time were to 
conduct epidemiological research 
and laboratory studies of blood pres- 
sure regulation and hypertension in 
African Americans. Carter was 
awarded his Ph.D. in biomedical sci- 
ences (concentration in cardiovascu- 
lar physiology) in 2001, and his 
Master degree in Public Health 
(MPH) in chronic disease epidemiol- 
ogy in 2003. In 2004, Carter com- 
pleted additional graduate studies in 
epidemiology at Harvard School of 
Public Health in Boston, and In 
2005, Carter as selected as a Alonso 
Yerby Fellow in the Department of 

Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 14 

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Alumni Updates 

Environmental Health at the 
Harvard School of Public Health. 

Carter, a member of the first 
class of Gates Millennium 
Scholars, and served as a reader 
for the Gates Millennium Scholar 
Program (GMSP). 

In 2003, Minority Access, Inc 
through a corporative agreement 
with the National Institutes of 
Health Office of Minority Health 
recognized Dr. Carter as National 
Role Model in biomedical 

Carter is a Fellow of the 
American College of Sports 
Medicine (ACSM) and serves as 
the Massachusetts state represen- 
tative and is a member on the 
health and science committee of 
ACSM. He is also a member of 
numerous other professional 
organizations including the 
American College of 

Epidemiology and American 
Physiological Society. Carter is a 
life member of Alpha Phi Alpha 
Fraternity, Inc. 

He has over 40 peer-reviewed 
articles, book chapters, and con- 
ference proceedings related to 
blood pressure regulation, human 
performance, public health, and 
environmental physiology and 
medicine. He is also listed as an 
author on one patent pending. 
Carter is a member of the advisor 
board for the Bridge to Doctorate 
Program at UNTHSC in Fort 

Carter has been a keynote 
international lecturer at the 
Physiological Society of South 
Africa Annual Congress in Cape 
Town, he has lectured on various 
scientific topics worldwide to 
include the University of 
Stellenbousch in South Africa, 
University of Jyvaskyla in 
Finland, and La Tronche, France. 

ment and retention 
specialist for 
Schumpert Health 
System, married and 
lives in Bossier City. 

Tabitha Johnigan 
Johnson is a physi- 
cal therapist at 
Centre of 
Excellence, married 
and lives in 

Daniel "Wayne" 
Bush is employed at 
The Smith Law Firm, 
L.L.P, as an attorney 
and lives in 


Morgan Smith is CIO 
at Pafford Medical 
Services and lives in 
Hope, Ark. 
Jennifer Field 
Mabou is an admin- 
istrative assistant for 
State Farm 
Insurance, married 
to Courtney Mabou 
('02) and lives in 

Courtney Mabou is a 
Louisiana State 
trooper, married to 
Jennifer Field 
Mabou ('02) and 
lives in Sulphur. 

Melissa Ann Gordey 
Reed is a Pre-K 
teacher at D.F 
Huddle Elementary 
School. She is mar- 
ried and lives in 


Selena Elizabeth 
Simpson is a tech- 
nology teacher for 
Dallas Independent 

School District and 
lives in Duncanville, 


Lindsey Lane 
Huffman Vercher is 
a medical records 
supervisor at The 
Rehabilitation & 
Retirement Center, 
married and lives in 

Susan Sisco is a 
computer program- 
mer at Wal-Mart and 
lives in Bentonville, 

Joseph Earl 
Brakhage is a com- 
puter programmer 
for Sungard Data 
Systems, married to 
Victoha E. Whitlock 
Brakhage ('04) and 
lives in Birmingham, 

Victoria Elaine 
Whitlock Brakhage 
is a medicare settle- 
ment specialist, mar- 
ried to Joseph Earl 
Brakhage ('04) and 
lives in Birmingham 

John Melvin Miller is 
a plant engineer at 
Boise Building 
Products, Oakdale 
Operations, married 
and lives in Florien. 


Tracy I. Leeper is a 
systems analyst for 
State Farm 

Companies and lives 
in Bloomington, III. 

Leah Gilmore 
LaCaze is an admin- 

istrative coordinator 
at Huey P. Long 
Medical Center, mar- 
ried to Julius Pierre 
LaCaze ('03) and 
lives in Alexandria. 

Lisa Crandall is a 
webmaster for L-3 
and lives in Fort 
Leavenworth, Kan. 

LaKeshia Monique 
Butler is a case 
manager worker for 
Beta Community 
Services and lives in 

Josh Burton is an 
exercise specialist at 
Schumpert and lives 
in Bossier City. 

Natalie Barrett 
Coutee is an assis- 
tant manager/out- 
side sales for 
Fastenal Company 
and lives in Lena. 


Sarah Dianne Wells 
Fletcher is a recep- 
tionist at Camp Town 
USA, Inc, married 
and lives in Pineville. 

1938 Elbert Clifton Thomas, April 12, 

1947 - Charles. J. Kelly Lt. Col., USAF 
(ret.) - Sept. 3, 2006. 

1947 Ezell Jones Waguespack, 
Feb. 4, 2006 

1990 Donald R. Kimbrell, June 16, 

Speedy Oteria Long, Oct. 5, 2006 


Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 15 

Alumni News 

Looking bacK 

Chorale makes debut 

In September 1977, a group of singers from the Natchitoches 
community and the university's student body and staff was 
organized into the Natchitoches-Northwestern Chorale, 
under the direction of Dr. John E. Taylor, director of choral 
activities at NSU. Comprised of students, teachers, nurses, 
business people and many diverse vocations and disciplines, the 
chorale members represented many varied backgrounds. 
Jeanine Smith was the pianist for the chorale. 

The group presented their first concert in November 1977. 

Accompanied by the NSU Chamber Orchestra, the chorus per- 
formed Vivaldi's "Gloria," a sacred oratorio of praise and 
thanksgiving. They also provided entertainment at the NSU- 
Arkansas State football game. 

Voices in the chorale were selected by audition. Officers of 
the Natchitoches-Northwestern Chorale were Dr. John L. Hix, 
president; Nelda Reid, vice president; Margaret Fleming, secre- 
tary, and Ben Carter, treasurer. 

Guess Who? 


In 1970; the Demon Marching Band included a twirling line. 
Can you name the coeds who were members? The first five 
readers to contact the Alumni Affairs office at (318) 357-4414 
will win a prize. 

Congratulations to these alumnl who 
correctly identified the 1966 State Fair Court. 
They were Elizabeth Chapman, Toni Walker, 
Sue Peterson, Donna Watts, Queen Pam 
Rushing, Cheryl Terry, Sarah Grunwald, 
Shirley Kay Dalme and Martha Palmer. 

Mr. Marshall Broussard— 1969 
Erath, LA 

Dr. Fred Parker— 1973 
Hot Springs, AR 

Mrs. Beverly Clark Porche— 1969 
Lafayette, LA 

Mr. Denman Shaffer— 1967 
Shreveport, LA 

Mr. Bill Fowler-1969 
Brandon, MS 

Alumni Columns Winter 2006 / 16 

Alumni Information Update 

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The approaching holiday season is a time to spend with loved ones 
and reflect on many years of sharing wonderful memories with those 
close to your heart. It is not only a time to reflect upon memories shared 
with the wonderful people in our lives, but also a time to show them how 
much they mean to us. 

Maybe you met your best friend or spouse when you attended 
Northwestern. What better way is there to rekindle the flame of those 
memories than by purchasing a commemorative brick paver with the 
name of a loved one engraved to be placed in Northwestern's newly fin- 
ished Alumni Plaza? 

You can purchase a $100 brick paver for anyone: a loved one, a 
friend, a parent, a mentor or a son or a daughter. We will send a certifi- 
cate letting the recipient know that the brick has been purchased and its 
location in the plaza. Giving this wonderful, heartfelt gift shows someone 
how much they mean to you, and there is no better time to give it than 
during the holiday season. 

For information on purchasing a brick paver give us a call at (318) 
357-4243 or send an e-mail to We hope that you 
will take advantage of this wonderful holiday opportunity. 

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